House debates

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Personal Explanations

Photo of Mr Tony BurkeMr Tony Burke (Watson, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Finance) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek to make a personal explanation.

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

Does the Manager of Opposition Business claim to have been misrepresented?

Photo of Mr Tony BurkeMr Tony Burke (Watson, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Finance) Share this | | Hansard source

Yes—by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

The manager of Opposition Business may proceed.

Photo of Mr Tony BurkeMr Tony Burke (Watson, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Finance) Share this | | Hansard source

On Tuesday in question time, the Deputy Prime Minister said, 'He is actually the shadow water minister, and the whole time there he has never asked me one question about water—not one.' At one level he is right: I have not asked one; I have asked three, on 21 November last year, on 28 November last year and on 29 November last year. The confusion may have arisen because questions were asked but answers weren't given!

3:23 pm

Photo of Joel FitzgibbonJoel Fitzgibbon (Hunter, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Agriculture) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek to make a personal explanation.

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

Does the member for Hunter claim to have been misrepresented?

Photo of Joel FitzgibbonJoel Fitzgibbon (Hunter, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Agriculture) Share this | | Hansard source

I do indeed.

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The member for Hunter may proceed.

Photo of Joel FitzgibbonJoel Fitzgibbon (Hunter, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Agriculture) Share this | | Hansard source

During question time today the Prime Minister claimed that I supported or support a policy to close down coal fired power generators. That is patently untrue, and what the Prime Minister has not discovered is that the coal fired power generators in the Hunter are reaching the end of their commercial lives. I seek leave to table a speech I made on Monday which proves that the Prime Minister misled the House today. Thanks, Christopher!

Photo of Christopher PyneChristopher Pyne (Sturt, Liberal Party, Leader of the House) Share this | | Hansard source

No!

3:24 pm

Photo of Meryl SwansonMeryl Swanson (Paterson, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek to make a personal explanation.

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

Does the member for Paterson claim to have been misrepresented?

Photo of Meryl SwansonMeryl Swanson (Paterson, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I do.

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The member for Paterson may proceed.

Photo of Meryl SwansonMeryl Swanson (Paterson, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

During question time today and on Tuesday the Prime Minister said I wanted to close down coal fired energy plants in my seat which provide power to the Tomago smelter, also in my electorate. That is completely untrue. I will always stand up for Australian jobs, including those jobs in my electorate, and it is a great pity the Prime Minister cannot say the same. I seek leave to table my speech, which indicates that the Prime Minister—

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

Was your speech made in the House?

Photo of Meryl SwansonMeryl Swanson (Paterson, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

It was indeed, sir.

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

I am not going to allow you to seek leave to table something that is in the Hansard.